Ramadhan will start insha Allah 21 July 2012, Saturday. During the month of Ramadhan, Allah (swt) makes it easy for us to acquire His blessings, mercy and forgiveness. There can be no better time to attain this than this blessed month. All that is required on our part is to create in our hearts the wish, ambition, devotion, zeal; eagerness and that we exert increased determination to acquire the pleasure of Almighty Allah.
While one should engage to the most in good deeds, the purpose of Ramadhan must be kept foremost in mind, which is to acquire Taqwa. Thus together with the largest amount of righteous actions one must totally refrain from all sins. We should make sure that no act of disobedience is committed. This abstinence in itself is worship. One month of strictly conducting oneself in this way will Insha-Allah have the effect of enabling one to live the next eleven months in a similar way in the complete obedience of Allah (swt).
For some basic guides on Ramadhan, please click the following link to find a translation from Al-Adhkar Al-Nawawiyyah.
May Allah bring us all closer to Him in this month and grant us tawfiq in all our efforts and endeavours, amin!